How to Download Rapidshare and Megaupload files from the Linux Terminal: Not long ago, we've shown you how to download torrent files from the Linux terminal. Today, I will share with you a way to quickly and efficiently download files from file-sharing websites such as Rapidshare and Megaupload also from the command line.
To download any Rapidshare and Megaupload file from the Linux terminal, you will need to install an application called 'plowshare'. You can get it from HERE.
Before using plowshare, you should install these packages first:
Since I'm using Ubuntu, I downloaded and installed those packages using this one-liner:
$ sudo apt-get install curl recode imagemagick tesseract-ocr-eng rhino aview perlmagick
Now that everything is set, you could start downloading Rapidshare and Megaupload files using the Linux terminal. Here are some usage examples:
Downloading a file from Rapidshare:
$ plowdown http://www.rapidshare.com/files/12345678/Elephants_Dream.rar
Downloading a file from Megaupload (with free membership account):
$ plowdown -a myusername:mypassword http://www.megaupload.com/?d=12345678
Downloading a password-protected file from Megaupload:
$ plowdown -p somepassword http://www.megaupload.com/?d=swf1g53x
For other usage examples, you may go HERE.
It is worth noting that plowshare also supports other file-sharing services such as 2Shared, 4Shared, ZShare, Badongo, Divshare.com, Depositfiles, Mediafire, Netload.in, Storage.to, Uploaded.to, Uploading.com, Sendspace, and Usershare. I always use the Linux terminal when downloading files since I find it fast and utilizes less system resources, so I encourage you to try it.